Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery Recovery: The First Week

So, here’s a secret about me.  Sometimes I imagine the worst.  Before I board a plane, I worry about dying in a plane crash.  Yes, the risk is very tiny, but I worry about it.  (Never mind that I get in my car multiple times a day and the risk of dying in a car […]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 12

I bought some of these groceries the day before my surgery, and the rest my husband bought.  Next week, he’ll be on his own as I still can’t drive or walk on my foot.  I have a feeling he’ll do better than me, so maybe we can eek by this month under budget.  Fingers crossed. […]

Homeschool Review Crew: Creating a Masterpiece

In our homeschool, art is a subject that we try to give ample time to.  All three of my kids love doing art, though they prefer it in different ways.  Some like to just create on their own, while others like to learn from a specific art program. Recently, my artist who most loves learning […]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 11

Today’s the day!  Foot surgery day!  This is my last week of shopping; I tried to stock up so my husband and kids have all that they need for fresh foods for at least a week.  I also have the freezer full of meals, so for the next few weeks, I’m hoping our grocery shopping […]

My Goals for 2017: February Update

  Here are my goals for the year: Read 52 books and blog about them.   Done in February! This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks for your support! In February, I read and blogged about 4 books, 1 was a young adult book, and 3 were adult books: Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam The Broken […]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 10

I had been toying with the idea of a pantry challenge for March.  However, that idea went on hold when I found out I will need foot surgery. Now, I’m going to be freezer cooking so I can fill the freezer with enough lunches and dinners to last my family a month while I’m mostly […]

My Upcoming Surgery for Hallux Limitus and Tailor’s Bunion

About five years ago, while we still lived in Chicago, I used to walk Bookworm to school every morning.  In the fall and spring, these walks were enjoyable.  In the winter, they were torture.  While I loved my son’s company, I had an annoying side effect of walking in the cold weather–my left big toe […]

February, 2017 “Found” Money for Travel Report

One of my goals this year is to “find” an extra $700 to help fund our trip to Michigan this year.  To that end, I tried some new ways to raise money that have been successful. In February I “found” $136.46 In January, I “found” $100. Here’s how I “found” money in February: Credit Card […]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 9

I was planning on having a pantry challenge in March, but those plans have been temporarily derailed.  I found out that I need to have foot surgery (more on that in next Tuesday’s post).  So, instead of having a pantry challenge, in the first week of March I’ll be buying ingredients to make a month’s […]

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 8

Week 8 of our grocery reports.  I started watching some bloggers on YouTube who eat more like we do.  One of them suggested finding a local co-op store to find good prices on organics.  I found one about 30 minutes from our house and stopped by when we were in the area.  I was not […]